Categorical Cardiovascular Fellowship

Message from the Director
Deborah Wolbrette, MD

We welcome your interest a cardiology training program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. The Cardiovascular Disease Training Program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine is a well-established fellowship program, providing fellows with state of the art training in all aspects of Cardiology. The program is approved by the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a three-year program, with five fellows in each year. To be a candidate for this ACGME-approved training position, the qualified candidate will be completing (or already has completed) a three- year ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency. It is expected that the candidate be board-eligible for Internal Medicine by the start of the training program.

Our program is designed to meet all of the requirements for board eligibility in Cardiovascular Disease upon completion of the fellowship. For more information regarding individual rotations, please see the Curriculum tab below.

As an applicant for a position in a training program, you have many possible programs to consider. What is unique about our program?

  • The program is well rounded clinically with an excellent balance of invasive and noninvasive Cardiology; all the subspecialty areas in cardiology are represented and strong.
  • Opportunities are available for subspecialty training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology.
  • The training program includes a well-established adult congenital heart disease program and an active heart transplantation program.
  • There is close interaction with vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, and interventional radiology.
  • The Cardiology division is part of the Heart and Vascular Institute. Integration of some conferences and rotations provide important education in areas of cardiovascular pathophysiology not always covered in traditional cardiology training programs.
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has a Heart and Vascular Institute Intensive Care Unit. Fellows gain experience with the use of LVADs and ECMO and caring for patients after cardiothoracic surgery.
  • The Medical Center, although located in a small community, is a quaternary care institute that cares for patients with a broad spectrum of pathology similar to that seen at any large city hospital.
  • The population within an hour drive of Hershey is nearly 1,000,000.
  • The program offers research training in a variety of areas.
  • The community is family-friendly with excellent schools. Travel from home to the Medical Center campus generally takes 10 to 15 minutes. It is an easy commute to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New York City. Harrisburg International Airport is within 15 minutes of the campus.

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

1st Week of
Month

Grand Rounds
5PM- C3621

EP Conference
7AM- H1154

Echo Conference
12:30PM- H1154

Core Conference
7AM-H1154
Research Conference
(Even Months)
12PM- H1154
 
2nd Week of
Month
Multidisciplinary
Conference
5PM- T2500

Cath Conference
7AM-H1154

Echo Conference
12:30PM- H1154

Basic Science
Lecture
7AM- HG302
Nuclear Conference
7AM- Location Varies
 

3rd Week of
Month

Journal Club
6PM- Host Faculty's
Home

EP Conference
7AM- H1154

Echo Conference
12:30PM- H1154

Core Conference
7AM- H1154
   
4th Week of
Month
Multidisciplinary
Conference
5PM- T2500

Cath Conference
7AM- H1154

MRI Conference
12PM- HG302

Core Conference
7AM- H1154
Nuclear Conference
7AM- Location Varies
 
5th Week of
Month (as
applicable)
 

EP Conference
7AM- H1154

Echo Conference
12:30 PM- H1154

Core Conference
7AM- H1154
   

 

All applications must be submitted through ERAS.

Qualified applicants will be a US citizen, permanent resident, or hold a J1 visa (no other visa types sponsored).

A complete application will include the following documents uploaded to ERAS:

  1. Personal Statement
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Copy of USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  4. Copy of current medical license
  5. Copy of ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  6. Three letters of recommendation (including one from Department Chair or Residency Director) addressed to the Program Director, uploaded by the referents

Each fellow spends two to three months participating in clinical or basic science research under the supervision of a faculty member actively involved in research endeavors. A series of research presentations by the cardiology researchers is made in the fall of the first year of Fellowship training, allowing the fellows to choose the mentor and type of research. It may be possible to devote additional time to research. Eligible fellows may elect to spend an entire year of research. Both formal and informal presentations will be given throughout the year at research meetings. This experience is designed to provide an introduction to clinical and basic science research techniques in cardiology.

Deborah Wolbrette, MD
Program Director

Mandi Smith
Program Coordinator

Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Categorical Cardiovascular Fellowship Program
500 University Drive
PO Box 850, MC H047
Hershey, PA 17033
717-531-6746